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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)

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582 Ratings

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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 26.07%
Wants: 6
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Photo of supernaut
2.48/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I found this beer in an ethnic market, and decided to give it a try, along with several other Easterners that I picked up with it (beers that is).

A - Very basic pale yellow pee color resembling any number of euro lagers. Virtually no head retention, no lacing. Nothing really all that impressive.

S - I'm not sure why I even bothered with wafting this one, as it lacked any truly interesting or noteworthy qualities.

T - Tolerable, possibly even average. Its not really fair to compare this large scale boozy beer with some of the equivalent craft beers I've been trying lately, so I gave Extra 9 a slight benefit of the doubt. You definitely pick up on a slight maltiness that only slightly masked a more pronounced booziness. The unfortunate thing is that the 8% ABV isn't really all that beneficial to this beer. It fits more into the Malt Liquor category than anything else (i.e. being boozy for the sake of being boozy). That being said, there are some very subtle and slightly pleasant bitter tones poking through from what I suspect is a meager hop content. There is nothing special about the taste profile here. Just simplicity to the utmost. Listed as the ingredients on the bottle are: water, pilsner barley malt, maltose syrup, and hops. Hmmm sounds like my first homebrew.

M/D - Despite its relative weakness in taste, Extra 9 does make a decent drinkable and cheap beer. It still comes off on the thin side, as evident from the first pour. It goes down no differently. It does however finish relatively cleanly.

Overall, it has an added rarity factor (at least stateside) and the minimal requisite degree of taste present to not be entirely out of place in my fridge.

Photo of tgbljb
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pale amber color with white puffy head that quickly fades. Smell is minimal with only a slight sweetness to be found. Taste is also minimal, but not unpleasant, with slight sweetness present. Finishes very light with little if any flavor. Way too easy to drink for an 8% beer. Alcohol is completely hidden.Almost seems as if it should be a malt liquor.

Photo of russpowell
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours straw colored with a white bubbly head that settles in at 1/4" head. Average head retention/some lacing

Smell: Sweetness, alcohol and some grainy notes

Taste: Intense sweetnes up front with dryness frutiness & alcohol in the finish

MF: Chewy, grainy and needing more hops and less carbonation& pricklyness

Worth a try drinkable for the the heft. Not sure I'd stay for more than one

Photo of Drew966
2.77/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a 16.9 ounce brown bottle with a best before date of 18.04.06. Pours a pale yellow with fluffy head. This beer definitely smells like alcohol, and alcohol is defintely noticeable in the taste. Definitely tastes kind of like a malt liquor, but more drinkable than your typical forty in my opinion. I think this is pretty drinkable for an 8 percent lager. I don't think I'd go looking for this, but I wouldn't pour it drown the drain either.

Photo of Redrover
2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16.9 oz brown bottle with a clear best before date.

Beer pours a light gold with a large initial head.

The smell is a bit grainy, with grass and some pepper notes.

The taste is slightly harsh and metallic. The 8% alcohol is clearly present. Becomes more medicinal as you work your way through the beer. Hops appear to be MIA. Maybe it’s the Maltose syrup listed on the ingredients list that adds that foul taste. Moderates a bit at the end, but this beer borders on a drain pour.

The mouth is average but the drinkabilty suffers from the taste. I can’t believe this is the same brewery that makes the tasty porter. Perhaps this is the Russian version of a cheap malt liquor?

Photo of beveragecaptain
2.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Baltika 9 pours out a clear yellowish color with a white head. It leaves an intricate pattern of lacing on my glass. Cloyingly sweet grain aroma with some corn. Decent grain flavor. Very simple, with little off flavor. Alcohol is very noticable, and hides any flavor there may be. Mouthfeel is a little bit thick. I wasn't a big fan of this beer, but I suppose it could be worse. Drinkability is poor. It's no easy task to finish a bottle of this stuff.

Photo of Suds
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear yellow color…unremarkable, with a moderate, fluffy head. The aroma is alcohol and sugary-sweetness. There’s a cereal and grainy quality of the aroma as well, but the alcohol smell is unshakable. Despite the initial smell, the beer is actually drier than expected. Moderate to heavy body. The finish is bitter, with a serious alcohol quality. Three’s really not a lot else going on with this one. I’ve been impressed with other beers from this brewery, but this one is simply uninspiring.

Photo of shirfan
3.02/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden with a thin but sticky layer of suds remaining after 2-3 minutes.

Aroma of pale malt, slightly peppery.

Taste: A definite note of alcohol leads the way here, appearing again as the sip ends with a warming, yet not overly unrefined presence. Medium-bodied light malt bridges the gap, with a very light lemon zesty flavor.

Nothing here that would appeal to another sample, but if you feel the urge to get tipsy on a couple bottles of Russian beer, this would do it.

Photo of snilsen13
3.47/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It doesn't look like much. Maybe the Russian lettering is going to worry you some, but this is exactrly as advertised and how many strong lagers are you going to find? Well maybe a few if your lucky but this is the only one I've had access to.

Lager = chilled fermentation. Chilled fermentation to 8% ABV results in a crisp flavor that lets the strength of the brew go directly to the taste buds. This is a drink for those who like the taste of alcohol. If you like this drink you might also be fond of pouring shots of Scotch into lawnmower beers (this can be pretty yummy BTW).
EDIT: others don't detect the alcohol. This could be the case for the majority of drinkers (read below) but it's not a problem for me to taste the alcohol. I think these other folk are associating alcohol with bitters, this beer isn't bitter. It reminds me a strong pilsner, honestly.

My best experience with this is bringing a case to a NYE party and seeing that it was the right call! We all wanted that big ass bottle and it drinks really well in a party atmosphere. That's Baltika in a nutshell, good at parties. In fact it was my favorite brew in Santigao, Chile, where parties ran long and late into the night.

Photo of Citadel82
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew while visiting with a neighbor who happens to be a chef. He was given this as a gift by some of his Russian Co-workers who held this up as an example of Russian beer supremacy. "Much stronger than your American Beers". So followed some beer advocacy as he put down his Bud to share this with me. I pointed out the pale straw color and the white head that left some nice lacing on the glass the fairly faint aroma of alcohol and floral hops as well as some sweet malt. The very sweet taste up front with a short mildly dry finish. Fairly light bodied for it's gravity and overall we both agreed that it was very drinkable.

I found most of this exchange ironic as he was sharing some fine red-wines including Pinot Noir, Shiraz and some bold Cabernets...yet he was drinking Bud and was unable to identify anything in the flavor profile that he liked or disliked apart from wet and cold...

Photo of HochFliegen
2.38/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale gold. Nice amount of carbonation and head to go along with it.
Smell is plain except for a slight bit of honey. But thats about it.
Taste was like a carbonated water not much flavor at all just a slight hint of sweetness. Cant really detect the 8%abv either though.
Overall kinda bland.

Photo of rebel1771
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold color with not much head. First thing you notice with this brew is the malt sweetness followed by a not so lovely corn flavor. Wasn't expecting much from this brew and I wasn't suprised by the outcome. The only saving grace of this beer is the 8% alc. Probably won't be picking this up again in the near future.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a big bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of sweet malt with a dose of cough medicine. Taste is more enjoyable then I was expecting with a nice base of sweet malt, limited amount of corn or adjunct is detectable and then cough medicine appears at the end to ruin it all. Could have been worse but could have been a lot better.

Photo of kbub6f
3.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Head is big, white, noisy, fluffy. Beer is very clear gold. Pretty. Sweet fruit and some spice share the nose with a little barbershop. The beer starts fruity sweet with some alcohol. Middle is thick and fruity: a little cherry syrupy. Finishes sweet with peanuts and anise. Alcohol sours the mix a little. Again, not really bad. Some decent spice, sweet fruit. But alcohol and some syrupy cloy detract.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.07/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale cornmeal yellow with huge bubbles clinging to the bottom and sides of the glass. The cap looks incredible, especially for such a high-ABV beer. It's blindingly bright white and as sticky as all get out. Multiple bridges of foam have formed from head to glass and look like a taffy pull when they break. Quite a bit of lace helps what is already a good looking beer.

#9 Extra smells like an especially rough, raw, alcoholic malt liquor. Grain soaked in grain alcohol pretty much covers it. I have a feeling that words like complex, subtle and refined won't apply from here on out. Offensive? Not quite. Appealing? Not in the least.

It isn't quite as bad on the palate, but then I knew what was coming. As far as the flavor is concerned, I don't know that I'll be able to improve upon the 'rough, raw, alcoholic malt liquor' comment, so I think I'll use it again. It tastes like the brewers wanted to cut corners and just added a copious quantity of rubbing alcohol to Baltika #3.

I can usually get past an overwhelming alcohol presence and delve into the underlying beer, but I'm finding that task especially difficult in this case; mostly because ethanol is such a large part of the flavor profile. I've had a few Euro strong lagers that were decent, so I know it's possible to brew such a beer. Baltika missed the boat with this one though. Some of the better American malt liquors are nectar compared to this stuff.

The finish is sweet and hot. I'm beginning to get hot as well and feel like I've just done a few shots of Stoli. The mouthfeel is indistinguishable from Baltika #2 or #3 (both EPLs), lending credence to my theory that this is simply a higher alcohol version of those beers. Drinkability would be higher if I'd retire this pint glass and break out a shot glass.

Prior to today, my assigning of scores to Baltika products was directly proportional to the number on the label. From #2 and #3 on the low end to #8 (wheat) on the high end. Baltika #9 shoots that relationship all to hell. This is an ethanolic mess of a beer that I can't recommend under any circumstances. Homies in Red Square would be better served by a mass importation of Steel Reserve High Gravity.

Photo of assurbanipaul
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Different label than shown, all-English for the US market. Half-liter, labeled as "Extra Lager" (whatever that means), best before date 18.04.06.

Pours a light clear gold with a medium white head with some staying power. Aroma is corn and watery grass, not far off from an American malt liquor. Very fine carbonation rises throughout.

Taste is sweet and a bit fruity without being too off-putting. The hops are faint but present, mostly a grainy sweetness dominates. Finish is dry with just a touch of alcohol. Nothing offensive or revolting, just not my cup o'tea.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy, not surprising. I would definitely characterize this as a malt liquor, although a shade better than the US brands. Interesting, possibly worth a second look, not sessionable though.

Photo of beerluvr
3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a creamy large white head that settled over unusually bright yellow/gold liquid with just a touch of haziness. The nose is sweet sugary maltiness mixing with sharp bitter smelling hops. The taste is pretty much as the nose was described...very sweet malt, almost saccharine sweet followed by strong hop bitters and some palpable alcohol in the throat. Finishes long and bitter with a sweet flourish...nice to enjoy as a one-off, but not as a session brew.

Photo of Bonhoeffer
2.4/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Eh. I had no idea what i was buying when i picked this up. Didn't realize there was even a category for "Euro Strong Lager." I saw that it was a Russian lager at 8% ABV, and i thought it would be interesting. Whoops. Basically, this is Russian malt liquor. Olde English for Eastern Europeans.

Pale straw color. Decent aroma. Not skunky or medicinal or anything. A little bit of spicy hops come through. But very thin on the taste. Alcohol hits you in the nose. Just one dimensional and boring.

I'm really disappointed, because i guess i was hoping there was something like a Russian doppelbock and this was it. Nope. Bleh.

Photo of dungaree
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Corn, corn, corn! It smelled like corn, taste like corn. Poured light golden, like corn. Tasted some stale hops. I got the impression that they were doing their best to cover the high alcohol content, but I could definitely taste the alcohol. Of course, the first thing I tasted was corn, then the alcohol would poke through. Not a bad mouthfeel, lots of bubbles. Russians are known for vodka, not beer, so I guess this is a notable try at brewing. Reminded me of Budweiser with lots more alcohol.

Photo of DogFood11
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is a malt liquor I don't care what the label says. I sampled a king cobra today and this tastes like a clone.

head retention is decent, crystal clear super filtered and straw pale yellow color. mixed carbonation that sizzles in the mouth.

crispy up front with some biscuity,wheat taste that fades rapidly into a slight slight hop finish. An odd drying spicyness in the middle slammed together with a massive carbonation smacks the palate around abit. This one could get you crocked fast at 8% and the bonus is that this beer is fairly cheap for an import and has maximum warming without the coarse feel of some local malts. I kinda wish there was one more ranking category "price vs quality"

Photo of rajendra82
3.28/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale yellow body, fizzy and active carbonation, and an inch thick head combine to form an attractive looking lager. The larger than average size of 500 ml. necessitated poring into an imperial pint glass, which also aided in the appearance. Aroma was lemony, perfumey, alcoholic, and slightly vegetal, but overall not a bad smell for the style. Taste was rather simplistic due to the excessively sweet and underattenuated body. The hops were present, and evident, but not in a quantity sufficient to offset the sweetness. Unlike the domestic malt liquors, I could not detect any harsh adjunct flavors. There was a nice lemon twist sourness imparted by the clean lager yeast strain. Alcohol was not too obtrusive either. The bottle had a best before date of 4 September 05, so I guess the ageing on the shelves of Green’s did this beer some good. Either that, or I just like this one better than most of you.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.91/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Super clear light straw color with an active 1/2" of head at first pour. The head fell pretty quickly, but was sustained by quite a few bubbles rising.

Aroma: Some malt and corn in the aroma. No hops to speak of.

Taste: It is rather balanced. There are a little bittering hops here to cut the malt, but just that much. There are a little hops to contribute to the flavor, but it is really reserved. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, which I believe is due to the corn.

Opinion: Well, this is an OK beer. I would put it in with the American lager category. It has a good bit of adjuncts, but manages to retain some flavor while still reaching 8%ABV. You have to give it credit for that. It's not one that I would seek out, but it's worth a shot someday.

Photo of Vancer
1.43/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Holy crap, no wonder the USSR collapsed. This stuff could bring down an empire. Best part was the fizzy yellow pour, just a touch of white head. Only a slight malt aroma, but wow, it’s like doing shots of grassy vodka in every quaff. Very mediciney with a nasty, burning finish.

Well, I made it through the entire 500ml bottle, no drain pour for me! Well, only paid $2 for it (plus shipping), so not much of a loss. Now if I can keep it down past an hour without batching, I’ll be OK.

2.36/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Baltika #9 (labeled Pale Lager here in TX) is a very pleasing beer to the eye. It is a bright gold with a 1 1/2" white head that has great retention. Thousands of bubbles create "laser light show" (too much Floyd) patterns as they race to the top. Awesome lacing down the whole glass from start to finish.

OK, it went downhill from there!

The nose is dominated by alcohol (almost like rubbing alcohol). There is some basic beer aroma, some malt and maybe some hops. Nothing enough to overtake the alcohol.

The taste is also hot with alcohol. Something grainy, like some kind of adjunct in there (corn??). Some sweetness.

The body is thin and this beer is not very drinkable IMO. I have had and enjoyed their wheat (very nice and I will have it again) and their dark beer (good, much like an oktoberfest) in the last few weeks but this one, no thank you comrade!!

Photo of TastyTaste
1.73/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This was pretty much your run of the mill storng euro lager. Fizzy gold color, almost headless, with visible carbonation. Smell was grass and alcohol, not vvery well concealed. Bland, but very strong alcohol. Mouthfeel is well carbonated but that neither helps nor hurts this beer. This is a very skippable beer.

Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.